Doctors Use Hot Water Bags to Treat Cancer

The fight against cancer can include an unexpectedly simple, but powerful remedy: heat. Doctors call it hyperthermia, and they use it to treat cancers that are on or just below the skin’s surface, almost the way you would a heating pad. They heat water bags to 109˚ or 110˚ F — and keep them at … Read More

Catching Cancer Survivors’ Heart Damage Earlier

Cancer patients benefit from radiation therapy, but because of the effect of chest radiation on the heart, they can develop cardiovascular disease later in life. The medical community first identified cases of radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD) in the 1970s. Guidelines published in the September Journal of American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) discuss the risk of … Read More

Radiation Can Cause Heart Issues—Years Later (Video)

One of the most common treatments for cancerous tumors is therapeutic radiation, which can be very effective and even life-saving. However, doctors are now recognizing that when patients receive radiation to the chest, cardiac issues can sometimes occur as a result — often years or decades later. In this video, Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of … Read More

SBRT: Walk-in, Walk-out Treatment for Prostate Cancer

In this kind of prostate cancer treatment, “bigger is better” and “less is more” both apply. With stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) the bigger the doses of radiation you get, the better the outcome. And the less time you spend getting treatment, the more success you’ll have. SBRT is a newer kind of prostate cancer … Read More

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5 Questions to Ask Before Breast Cancer Treatment

As breast cancer care becomes more personalized, we are learning that not all patients need the same treatments. If you have breast cancer, you may be able to avoid the short- and long-term side effects of treatment and still have highly positive outcomes. Start by asking these five questions.

Radiation Therapy Doubles Risk of Cardiac Event (Video)

Radiation heart disease patients are nearly twice as likely to experience a cardiac event as compared to the normal patient population undergoing similar types of cardiovascular surgery. “Does that mean that if you had prior radiation you should never have heart surgery? The answer is clearly no,” says lead researcher and Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Milind Desai, MD. … Read More

What’s New in Pain Treatments

Treatment of pain, particularly headaches and back and cancer pain, has always been a challenge. Recent technological developments in pain management, as well as new variations on ancient methods, can help to eliminate or ease tough pain. Here are a few of these treatments that have shown success in pain management. Headache pain Occipital nerve … Read More

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Cancer Clinical Trials: What They Mean for You

Cancer clinical trials aim to improve the outlook for people with cancer. These research studies are done in patients. They may test new cancer drugs (chemotherapies or targeted therapies), new surgical techniques, or new types of radiation therapy. They may study new ways to deliver treatment or new ways to combine treatments. Four phases of … Read More

MDS: Myelodysplastic Syndrome

The following information is from Mikkael Sekeres, M.D., Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Leukemia Program and a co-chair of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation’s medical advisory board: